So Monday morning, I opened our doors and welcomed in a friend in need. We watched movies and talked of her academic dreams. Later that afternoon, after Nate was home from work, we took her to dinner and then made milkshakes back at home, mid way through another movie. When it came time for bed, we covered the couch in blankets and sheets, found a nightlight, and gave her a choice of two pillows. Come morning we chatted over toasted bagels and juice and listened to music. Later today, we will drive her to the airport, where she will board a plane headed home, safe and sound.
Last night, as Nate and I lay in bed, wishing ourselves into a deep sleep, Nate whispered how happy he was to have had the chance to supply her needs. He recognized how many times others have opened their doors to us as a couple and an even greater amount of times that others have helped us out individually, before our love story began. People have lent their ears, have cooked meals, and shelled out bits of advice. Others have offered their homes, provided transportation, and slipped us checks to pay medical bills. While what we had the opportunity to do last night was just a small taste of what others have done for us, we were grateful to be used in such a way. A menial meal and some covers on the couch was all it took to supply a need.
A need is defined, as something required because it is essential or very important. It expresses a necessity. We need water. We require food. Shelter is a necessity. And then we have or “wants.” The things we desire to possess or do. I want a new camera. I desire to travel more. “Wants” aren’t needed, they are extra. For Nate and I, these days it is about our needs. Of course, there is so much more that we want but the basics are all that we need. And by His provisions we have everything essential.
In Phillipians 4:19 it says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
Without a doubt I know that this is true. He supplies our needs. My God meets all my necessities. I will be the first to admit that sometimes I doubt He will provide. I wonder if He sees my needs or is aware of the minimal requirements. But, there has yet to come a time where He hasn’t shown up or where I have failed to be blessed in His glorious riches.
You see, like our recent houseguest, we can set out on our perfectly mapped out itinerary. But as sure as you think those plans are or that your bank account is set, you can be equally asssured that the course you are on will involve some detours. Many of which you will not be able to provide for on your own because sometimes it isn’t about just food and drink. There will be times when you need strength and moments that will require a tremendous heap of hope. In times of fear, you will need to be brave and when you feel consumed you will need comfort. It is He that can provide that to you, to me, and to all His children in far off lands. Our God will meet all of our needs. And often times, even greater than that is that He will choose to use us to meet the needs of people in our lives and of perfect strangers.
Rest assured that you cannot do it on your own; no matter how hard you try. And wake up to the reality that there will be times when He chooses to use you as a vessel in His providential care. My God has met all my needs and I am beyond humbled when the blessings He has given me allow for me to be a blessing. He is supplying our needs and choosing to use us to meet the ones of those around us. It’s an amazing double blessing as we are provided for and also given the gift of being used in other people’s detours. His plan includes meeting all of our needs. When I find myself back at the point of thinking I have it all figured out on my own, I will remember these days where our story included both needs and being needed and I will remind myself of His never ending capacity to supply our needs, even in the detours we thought we’d never see. I am thankful to be needy when I realize He is all I need.